The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to make strides this offseason that will ensure they’re at the very least more competitive in the Western Conference than they were last season and that’s why they seem to be getting aggressive this offseason with who they add and target.
So far, they’ve added no one as free agency has been quiet and the Omer Asik trade cannot be finalized until July 10th. In the meantime, it appears the Pelicans are going after a third team to add to their proposed trade with the Houston Rockets as they look to acquire a small forward they desperately need.
On draft night last week, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said they were still in conversations with the Rockets to finalize the deal. Under league rules, the trade cannot be approved by the league until after its moratorium ends this upcoming Thursday.
The Pelicans could be looking to involve a third team and also pursue trying to fill their biggest need at small forward by a trade instead of free agency, sources said.
New Orleans is not guaranteed a winning season in 2014-15 or even 2015-16, but the matter is that they need to get better now and they’re at least being proactive in trying to achieve that goal before looking ahead at how to make all their new pieces work moving forward.